As the new season for the Australian league starts only on March 13th, the NRL betting tips will have to wait for now. However, there is another big event in the world of rugby happening already this month. The Sydney Roosters travel to Merseyside to take on St Helens on the Rugby World Club Challenge 2020, already on Saturday, the 22nd. This will be the 28th time that the Super League and NRL champions have clashed, and it will be the third time that these two sides have met in this competition.
Both sides have enjoyed success in the World Club Challenge, St Helens are looking to add a third success to their honors list. Meanwhile, the Roosters will be looking to equal the record of five successes that have been achieved by Wigan. Sydney who are favorites on TonyBet's NRL Betting tips also has a 100% record in this competition, which sets the scene for what should be a high-quality night of action.
NRL Betting Tips: Sydney Roosters Looking For Consecutive Wins
The Roosters will be looking to join an elite number of teams that have been able to win the World Club Challenge in consecutive years. They won this competition last year as they overcome the Wigan Warriors in the final 20-8. That success saw them become the eleventh team to with the treble. It also marked the second time that the Roosters have been able to achieve that.
On that occasion, the Rooster's tries were scored by Brett Morris and Daniel Tupou. Morris scored three tries in the opening 30 minutes. The game was out of sight for Sydney, the NRL betting tip favorites, in the first half, but they added six more points in the second to press home their advantage. They secured their right to play in the World Club Challenge by defeating the Canberra Raiders in the Grand Final. That 14-8 success was a brilliant achievement, with tries being scored by Sam Verrills and James Tedesco.
St Helens Looking To Continue Dominance
The Saints were irrepressible in the Super League last season. They lost just three times in the regular season to take home the League Leaders’ Shield. They scored a massive 916 points and conceded just 395. They conceded 138 points fewer than the next best in the league. Their performance in the regular season ensured that they were awarded a semi-final spot in the post-season.
They met the Wigan Warriors in that fixture, and the Saints were dominant throughout. They claimed a 40-10 success, which included four tries in the opening 20 minutes. The tries for the Saints were scored by Theo Fages, Luke Thompson, Jonny Lomax, and Kevin Naiqama. The Warriors tried to come back, but Mark Percival scored to extend the lead and put the Saints into their first Grand Final for five years. The Grand Final was another comfortable afternoon for the Saints as they kept Salford at arm’s length to claim the 23-6 win.
It has been a period of change for the Saints however as they lost Justin Holbrook at the end of the season as he took up a role at the Gold Coast Titans. He was replaced by Kristian Woolf. So far this season, he has won one game and lost one. They aren’t looking like the same dominant side as last season, and that will give the Roosters hope, even though the Australians are the NRL Betting tips favorites.
Head To Head
The two sides have only met on one previous occasion. That came in the World Club Challenge in 2016, as the Roosters were rampant in a 38-12 win. They were ahead 22-0 at the break after tries from Kane Evans, Aidan Guerra, Blake Ferguson, and Dale Copley.
As the NRL Betting tips show, the Roosters have a dominant record in this competition as well. It is almost impossible to look past them claiming the win. St Helens have been negatively affected by the departure of Holbrook, and this meeting could be very similar to the one back in 2016.
Guest Contributor: Alex Dudley